Nancy’s Celebration Week

25 April – 1 May 2023
Nancy’s Celebration Week_study and sharing

An occasion to celebrate Nancy Stark Smith teachings and honor her departure on may first 2020.

// facilitator //

Samuel Nicola Fuscà

Vera De Propris

// schedule //
arrive on Tuesday 25 april @5 pm
departure on Monday 1 may @2 pm

FIRST PART by Samuel Nicola Fuscà

|| 25 – 28 april || – Labs and Jams

we will go into Nancy teachings working on a different task every days, we will research and jam around some principles:

be aware
be available
be responsive
be clear
be in concert not in conformity

// program //

Tuesday to Thursday

9 breakfast
10.30 dance lab
13.30 lunch
17.30 research jam
20 dinner
21 free space


|| 29 april – 1 may || – Workshop and Long Impro Session

// Description //

During the workshop I will invite you in my perception and vision of Nancy’s teachings I got meeting her in the years. We will go through differents practices trying to touch her specific way of though about Contact Improv.

Every night we will jam noticing how all this information travel into our body and dance.
On Sunday we will dance 5 Hours no stop in a long Impro Session.

Some task/practice we will work with:

slow weight transfer
air collision
change of state
dance description
verbal feelings description
glimpse of poetry
coexistence and permeability

// program //

17 arrival
19 dinner
21 re-welcome jam


9 breakfast
10.30 dance workshop
13.30 lunch
16.30 dance workshop
20 dinner
21 Jam


9 small breakfast
10 talking through
11 brunch
12 – 17 long Impro Session
21 jam

9 breakfast
10 dance workshop
12 closing ritual
14 departure

// PRICE //

food and accomodation

All week ( 6 nights)

bed in a shared room 230 euro

Half time ( 3 nights)
bed in a shared room 120 euro


first part 70 euro
second part 110 euro
both part 140 euro

Only 20 spots available
+39 3477137272


Vera De Propris: Dancer, performer and dance educator, Vera met Contact Improvisation and Instant Composition in 2003 and never stopped practicing and promoting it.
She studied at “Officina C.A.D.” of Rome, directed by Paola Rampone and then with Andrew Harwood, Kirstie Simson, Julyen Hamilton, Nancy Stark Smith, Lisa Nelson, Simone Forti, Ray Chung, Charlie Morrissey, Vera Mantero, Simone Sandroni and several others great teachers.

Since 2008 she teaches C.I. to people of different ages, in different contexts and international Festivals (Italy Contact Festival, Freiburg Contact Festival, 1001 Festival, Vesuvius Contact
She organised several events, including 10 editions of the International Jam of Rome (with the collective “RomaContact”) and 3 editions of the Italy Contact Camp.

In 2018 she went to USA to participate to the “Long Dance”project, created and directed by Nancy Stark Smith for 20 dancers from all around the world.

This 6 week project at Earthdance and Dragon’s EGG Studio deeply transfromed her way of though about Contact Improvisation, enriching it from a spiritual, artistic and poetic point of wiew.
In the same year she co-organised the international conference “You come. We’ll show you what we do” at Museum Macro – Asilo of Rome.
Since 2007 she performs in formal and informal contexts dedicated to Instant Composition.

Vera is also a sociologist, graduated at “La Sapienza” University of Rome(2001) and a dance educator with experience in numerous primary state schools of Rome.
Actually she lives in Sicily and works at “Viagrande Studios” as a teacher of the professional training school for dancers.

Samuel Nicola Fuscà

Samuel Nicola Fuscà is an Italy/Colombia based explorer of movement and performing
arts. He likes dance/theatre as well as music to work with. He graduated from the University of Siena in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology. Since then, has becomes to study performing arts at the University of performing arts of Turin for two years. Here he had led to physical theatre Lecoq’s pedagogy and creation methodology.
He has been a dedicated practitioner of Contact Improvisation for the last 9 years and is grateful for the teachings who received in the most important festival around the world.

In the beginning of 2019 went to US to meet Nancy Stark Smith and her work. He had the opportunity to be guest in some Underscore Labs and other dance group moment. He has the chance to interview Nancy and spend some time in the CQ office with her.

Since 2022 run a dance project name 50days contact dance, a place of research, sharing knowledge and co living around CI practice and other crazy things.